bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2011 Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Cloudy, somewhat dark orange-amber with moderate off-white head.
Aroma: Fairly tart, with grapefruit, pine, banana and some earthy & herbal hops.
Taste: Strong bitter and tart grapefruit reigns supreme. Somewhat funky and musty from the Belgian yeast. Malts are quite bready. Firm bitterness at the finish, which has quite a bit of pine.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish.
Overall: A more than solid Belgian IPA, which has some nice English IPA components in addition to the expected American hops. The beer may be a little too yeasty, as I learned you really do need to leave the sediment in the bottle (which is almost the last 2 ounces), or it takes over. A little amateur and homebrewish, but very tasty nonetheless.
crossovert (7745) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I think this one is a pretty bland IPA. I guess it is a mishmash of styles, not the best one.
sthlm (1233) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[On-tap] Pours amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is grape, kind of odd, candied sweetness, almost chocolate notes, slight plum and peach. Not bad, but odd. Moderate hop bite in the taste, but sweet, light spiciness, barley, marshmallow sweetness, and some earthiness. Good mouthfeel, smooth, and a long finish. Needs to be dried out a bit, and kind of odd, with a lot of things going on--not all of which work together. Not my favorite IPA, but not awful either.
wlajwl (4001) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely has the dry piney hop bite to it that a good IPA has, but also has a nice maltiness that balances it. One of the few IPAs that can be described as malty and not have it make it seem like it needs more hops in it, very good IPA overall.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a murky dark amber with fizzy beige head. Aroma of pine, earth, citrus and dirty socks. Flavor is big in this, kinda sweet, piny, grapefruit, dirty, fruit with astringent bitter in the finish. Heavy body with high carbonation. Overall, I think this brew is just too "all over the place"....some flavors just clash too much in my opinion.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours a light shade of orange with a small cap of head. The nose is of grapefruit and pine. The taste is more floral and a bit grassy. Citrus and lemongrass mix well with more aggressive American hops mixed in. Good body and solid mouthfeel. Lingering sweet caramel and lasting bitter finish. A really drinkable IPA.
RobertDale (3663) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a nice white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, grass and florals. Taste is floral and piney hops with some yeast and caramel. Mild bitterness. Nice light IPA.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Piney hop aroma. Medium bodied with steady carbonation. Very pale toffee esque malt backdrop, with bold spicy and piney bitterness, with perhaps a wisp of tangerine. Overattenuated and very dry as far as sweetness. Dry and bitter finish, with some distracting astringency. Hop oils linger at the back of the mouth. Not bad, a little on the dry side for my personal tastes.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. A solid, well balanced take on an ipa from an Iowa brewery with potential. Pours with a thin layer of fizzing, starch white head, little retention and lacing, and a fairly cloudy, golden-burnt orange body. The nose could be stronger, but is still pleasant. A fair amount of caramel and cookie malts, some nutty aspects, along with a minor cotton candy note. For the hops, mostly pine, herb, and florals. The body of this one is properly bitter, medium thick, well flavored and slightly sugary. More estery fruits with cherry then the aroma, with caramel, toasted nut, and cookie malts intertwining quite nicely with the bitter herbs, pine, and earth. Finishes slightly chewy, and lingers well. Good drinkability. This was enjoyable.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by murphym45 (originally from pepsican, I believe) - very solid IPA. Aroma is soft lavender and floral perfume, which gave me the distinct impression of soap or detergent (but not in a bad way). Body is sweet caramel, well carbonated. smooth, tasty fresh & refreshing. Generous hops, piney and floral, but not overpowering. If this got around more, it could be a classic, IMO.